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Bill Bruford is a versatile drummer whose sound has influenced countless other players in a variety of genres. From his tenures with Yes, Genesis and King Crimson in progressive rock to recordings with his bands Bruford and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks in jazz, his precision and imagination are distinctive. He has also experimented widely with new technologies for percussion playing.
3/18/09 Bruford announced his retirement from performing on his web site.


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  • CelsoBonutti

    Palmer and Bruford are both great, but Bruford played in two of the greatest progressive bands ever.

    1 Feb 9:35pm Reply
  • nicolasbj


    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Tensegrity17

    King Crimson era with Bruford is legendary. His best imo.

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • deeandy77

    Bill in YES the best ever love the beats : )

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I believe you make music for the beauty of your soul, your realization of life, and the joy of making music." - Jon Anderson of Yes talks about the spiritual inspirations behind the likes of "And You And I," "Long Distance Runaround" and "Starship Troopers," which Anderson thinks of as his "search for truth and search for an understanding of what God truly is." Anderson also speaks of his return to the band in the 1980s, when Yes became unlikely MTV stars, all thanks to "Owner Of A Lonely Heart":

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • GuilhermeBMotta

    Should I scrobble with the name Bruford or Bill Bruford?

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mmmojo

    Bill <3

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • charlieLaRossa

    I cannot say he is the best drummer ever, because I haven't listened to all drummers ever. But he certainly is my favorite.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Adriano-Ribeiro


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  • WatsonPepeLives


    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • kashmirowy_sok

    @javier Carl Palmer and Bill are both the best

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DavidBG16


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  • Frantucek

    Love holdsworth solo on hells bells. Here is transcription . Must learn it on sax

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SpiderJeruslm

    javier, i'd have to say it's between Bruford and Palmer... such a tough choice because I love the music Bruford makes so much better, but you have GOT to respect the talent of Carl Palmer. Seriously. The man is a beast. That being said, I'd have to go with Bruford anyway, because anyone who has been in both Yes and King Crimson should have a national holiday in their honor.

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • crimsonking93

    @Kosenko111: seconded... Anyway, I feel quite honored having my birthday just on day after Bill Bruford and two days after Billy Cobham (16th of May). May seems to be the month of the greatest drummers ;-) Happy Birthday "Broof"!

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • offspartabricks

    Happy birthday Broof! :'D

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • Orange-1

    Hey! Great to find you & your fantastic music here! All the best & great luck!:-)

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Kosenko111

    quite possible is Michael Rex Giles

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Pobinr

    Love those Bruford solo albums with Holdsworth. I wore out the my vinyl copies !

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
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